The Four-Year-Old Walking Stallions class did not disappoint this year, and as usual the competition was strong. Copperfield and Knox Blackburn captured the blue ribbon for the Mike Walden Family from Chattanooga, TN. Walk Time Charlie received the reserve honors as ridden by Chad Baucom for owners Holland/Kilgore/Callicutt of Decateur & Tuscaloosa, AL and Seagrove, NC.
Owner-Amateur Youth Riders 12-14 Years on Walking Mares or Geldings was the first class in the ring for the night and Blue Ribbon Honors went to Robert Cortner of Winchester, TN aboard A Fire In Dixie. The second place ribbon went to Kelsi York aboard I'm Superbad.
Next up was the Owner Amateur Classic Park Pleasure Walking Horses, She's Up For Parole and Ashley Shelton of Shelbyville got to take the victory lap, while Simple Lee Dangerous and Katie West from Morristown followed with the reserve tie out of 14 showing.
Terror On The Border and Nancy Groover took the win in the Elite Owner-Amateur Lady Riders on Mares or Geldings class. Jose Miss Dolly rode in to receive the reserve honors under the guidance of Jean O'Brien.
Our youth riders were showcased next in the Owner-Amateur Novice Youth Riders 6-11 on Novice Walking Mares or Geldings Division. Bailey McCormick,, on Really, left the Novice Division with the unanimous blue this year and Ms Poteet took a close reserve with Keely Morrow in the saddle.
The evening continued on with two division of extremely talented Owner Amateur Novice Riders on Novice Show Pleasure Horses. Turnbow with Marguerite Sims went to the winner's circle in Division-A with A Rendezvous At The Ritz in second. In an equally tough B-Division the crowd got to see Limeston Lucy and Steve Heitmiller leave with the blue while Pearl Gunn and Sally Fleck took reserve honors.
In the Owner-Amateur Youth Riders 15-17 Years on Walking Ponies Roll The Gold and Allison Thorson made the outstanding winning ride. Prime Poison and Lilly Waites next received the well-earned reserve honors.
Dr. W.H. Hill had an amazing ride at the age of 94 years old on Kudos For Cash and claimed the big blue ribbon in the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Horses, Riders 70 Years and Over. Bill Williams of Ripley, TN received an impressive reserve with his ride on Jose's Centerfold.
Jose's Baby Doll and Lindsey Landrum rode away with the blue In the Owner-Amateur Youth Riders 12-17 Years on Park Pleasure Walking Mares or Geldings, and Fog At The Ritz with Abbey Fleming came in second place.
The mares proved to be quite impressive in the Walking Mares, Five Years and Over, Over 15.2 (Canter) class. Jazzy Sally with Jimmy McConnell were the winning combination for this mare class, while Ms Jose Walks and Charlie Green rode to reserve honors.
The Owner-Amateur Riders on Four-Year-Old Walking Mares or Geldings was a big division and had to be split. Division-A honors went to She's Sugarland and Nancy Groover, with She's Caliente and Courtney Luttrell in second. In Division-B it was One Bad Hombre and Sue Ann Dowell up first to claim the coveted blue, followed by A Bit Of Change and Diana Cruse in reserve.
Elegant ladies on their fine stallions were next in the Owner-Amateur Lady Riders on Novice Walking Stallions. The spectators witnessed Boure and Tam Brogdon receiving the blue ribbon, and the reserve was claimed by Ritz On The Corner with Ginger Hartlein in the irons.
The Celebration® continues through September 3rd at the historic Celebration Grounds in Shelbyville, TN. For more information on the show, go to www.twhnc.com.